Many people might be surprised to hear that self-hypnosis is actually a state of mind that occurs naturally. It can be described as some kind of state of focused concentration in which the person is willing to follow the instructions. There are several rules that the person who practices self-hypnosis needs to stick to and one of the most important is to find a quiet place or room in which one can sit comfortably either on a chair or couch. The person can also choose to lie down although this is not recommended due to the possibility of falling asleep. Whichever the position, no part of the body should be crossed. The point is to clear the mind of feelings such as stress, anxiety and fear, and it might be a bit hard at the beginning, but even if the thoughts keep on intruding, there is no need to force them out, since they will slip away on their own after some time.
The person needs to relax and get rid of the tension from every part of the body in which slow and deep breathing might help. When the person begins to feel as if floating above the water, the formulated suggestions are to be repeated for two or three times, or as many times as one wants. The person should enjoy this state as long as they like, but generally, the session does not last more than half an hour. After the session, it is recommended to wait for a while before opening eyes since some people might need time until their mind is back to the state of consciousness.
Typical mistakes in formulating suggestions for self-hypnosis
People who are trying to formulate suggestions tend to make several mistakes, and even though it might not be easy to correct them, it is necessary to keep working on it since the right formulation is of crucial importance. Using “not and nots” should be avoided in any context, particularly in the negative one. Past tense needs to be skipped as well; instead, the present or future tense should be used when formulating suggestions. The same goes for phrases such as “going to”, “giving up” and “doing without”. Suggestions that contain “I must”, “I have to” and similar expressions need to be eliminated because they increase anxiety and irritability, which makes it harder to achieve the wanted goals.